Bacon and mushroom paptert recipe

Bacon and mushroom paptert recipe

When it comes to side dishes, there is one South African favourite you must not overlook. You can’t go wrong with this bacon and mushroom paptert. Paptert, often known as “maize tart,” is a meal that consists of cooked maize dish constructed with the same things you’d have for morning porridge, topped with mushrooms, bacon, and tonnes of cheese.

Bacon and mushroom paptert suggestions

Indulge your salty, cheesy, and comforting cravings with a slice of this layered savoury tart. A tomato and onion sauce like chakalaka is delicious on its own, and it’s much better when mushrooms are added. Finding the ideal thickness for the maize combination is a matter of experimentation. If it becomes too rich, serve with a green salad while it’s still hot and steaming beside your well roasted braai meat.

This weekend, you may get a delicious braai side without going far. This bacon and mushroom paptert is a classic recipe that never disappoints.

Bacon and mushroom paptert recipe

Bacon and mushroom paptert recipe

Recipe by Irene Muller

Course: Sides

Cuisine: South African

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 10 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

I’m sure you’re wondering how hard it is to whip up a batch of delicious Mieliepap, but it’s Easier than you may imagine! This braai-friendly side dish is a certain show-stopper.


  • 750ml coarse Maize Meal (or any other Maize Meal)

  • 250ml milk

  • 500ml water

  • 60ml olive oil

  • 820g sweet corn

  • 2 cups grated cheese (Mozarella is perfect)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ small onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 200g button mushrooms cut into thin slices

  • 10-12 sprigs fresh thyme

  • Bacon strips (chopped)


  • Stir in flour Maize Meal, milk, water, oil and sweet corn in a bowl and mix well

  • Add half of this mixture in the prepared oven dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle one cup of grated cheese over this mixture.
  • Add the remaining mixture on top of the cheese. Sprinkle onion and mushrooms all over mixture, but do not stir.
  • Sprinkle with thyme and season.
  • Use the remaining cheese and sprinkle all over.
  • Add the cut bacon to the mixture and Season
  • Place in a prepared ovenproof dish in the oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until cooked and golden brown


  • *If you don’t like the mushrooms, make a thick tomato and onion stew or Chakalaka,  place it on top of the mixture, sprinkle with a little cheese and bake as described. Pieces of fried bacon can also be added. This is optional 
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